The Hot Wheels Legacy Tour is back!
Before we could play with real cars, many of us grew up collecting Hot Wheels to fulfill our driving fantasies. For the last four years, the Hot Wheels Legacy Tour has given Hot Wheels fans and car builders a unique opportunity to design their dream car and have it immortalized as a dinky 1:64-scale Hot Wheels die-cast toy.
This year's tour is bigger than ever, with events held in 14 countries across the continents. Over the last few months, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour has travelled to locations across America, choosing winning designs that will enter the semi-finals later this month.
Some of the wildest winning creations from North America include a custom Ford Model A nicknamed 'Loosie' with a roof borrowed from a Nissan Quest, a modified 2007 Chevrolet Corvette, and a 740-hp Dodge Charger Daytona. Now, the winning design has been announced for Los Angeles California, the final location of the Hot Wheels Legends North America tour.
California's winning design is a modified 1974 Chevrolet Impala built by Javier Covarrubias of Los Angeles. Dubbed the 'Crystal Ship,' Covarrubias converted the Impala into a lowrider by fitting a hydraulic suspension and a clip from a Chevy Caprice. A custom purple and orange paint job also helped the Impala stand out from the competition. A bespoke grille and 14-inch wheels round off the exterior modifications.
As for the interior, the cabin is appointed with leather and suede upholstery.
Among the judges that voted for the Impala Lowrider included Ted Wu, Vice President and Global Head of Design for Vehicles at Mattel and Bryan Benedict, Design Director of Hot Wheels and Matchbox Die-casts. Celebrity car builder Emilia Hartford is best known for her record-breaking C8 Corvette, former street racer and the voice of Formula Drift Jarod DeAnda, and Acura Executive Creative Director Dave Marek were also on the judging panel.
Now one step closer to being transformed into a Hot Wheels diecast car, the Impala Lowrider will enter the North American Semi-Finals on October 28.